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2019-10-01 Afghanistan
Torkham Crossing Reopened After Presidential Elections
[ToloNews] Pakistain shut the round-the-clock crossing‐except for people in need of emergency care‐to aid with security during the Afghan elections.

The Torkham crossing, which connects Afghanistan and Pakistain in the eastern province of Nangarhar
The unfortunate Afghan province located adjacent to Mohmand, Kurram, and Khyber Agencies. The capital is Jalalabad. The province was the fief of Younus Khalis after the Soviets departed and one of his sons is the current provincial Taliban commander. Nangarhar is Haqqani country..
, has been reopened for trade and traffic after two days of closures due to the Afghanistan's Caped Presidential elections, Pak media reported on Monday.

Pakistain’s government announced on Thursday, September 26, that the closure of the crossing for the next two days was to aid security for the election , held on Saturday, September 28.

According to Pak media, the restriction was applied to everyone except in the case of patients who needed emergency care; even NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A single organization with differing goals, equipment, language, doctrine, and structure....
supply vehicles were prevented from crossing.

Earlier in the year, Pakistain’s Prime Minister Imran Khan
...aka The Great Khan, who is the lightweight's lightweight...
directed relevant authorities to make arrangements for keeping Torkham crossing open 24/7, and the opening ceremony of the 24-hour crossing at Torkham was held in mid-September. Prime Minister Imran Khan was in attendance along with a number of Afghan government officials, including Nangarhar governor Shah Mahmoud Miakhail and acting Minister of Public Works Yama Yari.

The presence of Afghan officials at the 24-hour Torkham Crossing ceremony caused controversy as it is on the Durand Line, which Pakistain claims as its border and Afghanistan does not. For some critics, including former Afghan president Hamed Karzai, the attendance of Afghan officials tacitly legitimated Pakistain’s claim to the Durand Line as a border.

The border issued has provided ammunition for campaign skirmishes, as former national security chief and presidential candidate Rahmatullah Nabil alleged that President Ghani has chosen to recognize the Durand Line as a border between Afghanistan and Pakistain for his own personal interests.

Nabil claimed that based on his information, Pakistain has been pulling the fence inside Afghanistan up to 20 km and has distributed Pak ID cards in those areas.

The Afghan government, however, says that only the Afghan people can decide on the Durand Line.
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